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How do I display more than 16 columns of a cell array?

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J S on 7 Jun 2016
Commented: Pankaj Chauhan on 22 Jan 2018
I have an 11x65 cell array. If I open it in variable window, only 16 of the 65 columns are displayed. I found no option to change max number of cols. I found the problem in 2015a and 2016a. In 2012b, however, all 65 columns are shown. The problem does not occur with structs.
EDIT: Things are starting to get creepy: Today a big array (40000x65) first showed 24 columns, and then all the other columns as well. I don't know how to reproduce when it works and when it does not. Today, 2 large tables were also open in the variable window. Perhaps that's the motivation for MATLAB to also show the ramaining cell columns. Or maybe there is a connection to free RAM?


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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 15 Jul 2016
"number of columns fitting into the window" would depend upon the Workspace variables formatting preference or the formatting setting chosen for the variable in View -- but it doesn't.
I do agree, though, that it has something to do with the window width at the time you ask to view the variable, such as with openvar(). Windows below a certain width result in 16 columns being displayed; above the minimum width and up to some other width it is 24 columns; at some relatively wide point it gets to 32 columns. Possibly if someone were using a monitor wider than mine more columns could be reached.
J S on 20 Jul 2016
@Image Analyst: celldisp() only prints the content in the command window, not variable window. @Walter Robertson: I extended Matlab over my 2 screens as far as I could (there is a limit). Same result.

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James Cheong
James Cheong on 20 Jul 2016
Edited: Walter Roberson on 7 Sep 2016
Hi there
I had the same problem as well after upgrading to R2016a but there's a MATLAB bug fix.
Hope that helps.

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TREDWISE on 14 Jul 2016
Edited: TREDWISE on 14 Jul 2016
This glitch is affecting me as well for r2016 on Mac OS X


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